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Accident: 201262243 - Emplouyee Electrocuted In Trench By Severed Power Line

Accident: 201262243 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 08/07/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31126480808/07/20071794Swallow Construction Corporation
At 12:31 p.m. on August 7, 2007, on a hot, sunny afternoon following rain showers, Employee #1 and two coworkers were working in a 5 ft deep by 4 ft wide by 9 ft long trench when the boom of the excavator, operated by a third coworker, struck and broke a 7,200-volt, C-phase electrical line. The broken line struck Employee #1, electrocuting him. It had rained earlier in the day and there was water at the bottom of the trench and the soil was saturated throughout the trench and around it. No other injuries were reported. The excavator was operating within 10 ft of the energized power lines.
Keywords: clearance, overhead power line, electrocuted, struck against, construction, trench, excavator, water
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Other building New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 311264808 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Excavation
FatCause: Electrocution by equipment contacting wire

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